Walk on

Walk. It's that simple

There are few things in life that are completely free of charge, and have the résumé that walking has. It improves your physical and mental health, makes you more alert, more productive, improves your sleep, boosts your mood, gives you an opportunity to learn, chat, dream, experience nature, and reduce stress. Walking is seriously underrated.

And here’s the cherry on top: it creates ZERO pollution and is totally carbon-free.

Why

Here are a few reasons to take action.

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Environment

Unlike cars, trains, buses and taxis, walking produces no carbon emissions at all. It doesn’t give off any stinky, toxic city-filling smog and it doesn’t use up any precious resources (except your breakfast).

Congestion

No one likes the streets to be clogged with cars, so get out of yours and walk. Here’s a simple way to look at it: when you’re driving, you're not stuck in traffic, you are the traffic!"

Health

By walking briskly for 30 minutes each day, perhaps to and from work or school instead of driving, you'll easily meet the recommended 2 ½ hours of exercise each week.1 This could reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50%.2 Your mental health will also benefit significantly too!

What's more, whilst walking around you'll soak up fresh air and sunlight, increasing our intake of much needed Vitamin D.

99 kcal

are burnt by 30 minutes of walking (assuming average weight and moderate speed).3

Fun

Walking can be fun. And interesting. You get to see so much more of your neighbourhood on foot, exploring the nooks and crannies that otherwise pass you by. You can make it social and catch up with a good friend. Or, if you’re a podcast or audiobook fan, just think of all those extra minutes of listening time!

Money

As long as you already own shoes and, well, clothes, walking is absolutely, totally, 100% free.

No train fares. No bus passes. No petrol tanks to fill. No gym memberships to cough up for. Free free free.

Global Goals

In September 2017, an historic agreement was signed by UN member nations agreeing to work towards 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, otherwise known as the SDGs.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require action from governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals alike. We can - and must - all play our part.

By making the 'Walk on' pledge, you are contributing in your own small way to the following SDG targets:

3.4: By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

11.6: By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

How

  1. Build your walk into your day to day:

    - Perhaps you could walk to work, or school, or to the shops.
    - Walk to a train or bus station a little further away
    - If you work from home, could you add in a ‘fake commute’ with a loop around your local area?
    - How about making regular meetings for work walking meets?

  2. Make your walk suit you:

    - Pop on your favourite podcast or audiobook. You could even double up on your pledging to feed your noodle.
    - Meditate - an incredible way to clear your head and be fully present with headspace’s walking meditation. And if getting outside isn’t an option for you there is a 5 minute walking at home meditation.
    - Learn a language - try listening to slow news in the language of your choice
    - Get to know nature - bird watch, identify trees, or check out Saku, a wellbeing app focused on getting outdoors.
    - Track your progress - you could use a fitbit to count your steps, or apps like Walk It, Strava, or Active 10 advised by the NHS.

  3. Find routes that are perfect for you:

    - Walking with buggies
    - Walking with wheelchairs
    - If you want to avoid polluted areas or steer clear of steps check out the brilliant WalkIt.com

Success Stories

1,783

Pledges
in total

22,563kg

CO2
pledged

I've enjoyed walking to and from work, it gives me time to wind down after a busy shift!

I have enjoyed my walks and intend to carry on with them increasing the amount of walking i do.

I got a little too excited by this one and started walking almost everywhere. I took around 6 journeys less a week!

My new fitbit record is 24,417 steps in a day!